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Cistern: C.2485 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 15: Dutch Gallery


Factory: Unidentified Delft factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Pale buff earthenware thrown, with applied moulded gadrooning, tin-glazed, and painted in blue. The vase stands on a circular gadrooned foot rising up in the middle into a short stem which supports the body. The bowl-shaped lower part of the body is pierced by 14 holes over which on the outside are applied 14 moulded gadroons. The central part to the body is smooth and convex with a projecting horizontal ridge above and below. The domed shoulder is pierced by 18 holes over which on the outside are 18 moulded gadroons. The domed cover has a narrow flange round the edge, and is pierced by 10 small circular holes behind the same number of applied gadroons. The knob is in the form of a shallow circular bowl with a gadrooned cover surmounted by a replacement finial with 6 gadroons. The gadroons are decorated with Chinese-style flowers and symmetrical scrolls of two alternating designs. The convex area is painted with a continuous European landscape with buildings and sponged trees and bushes, amongst which are several men, one of them on a horse, and another smoking apipe. To one side is a garden with a balustrade and a fountain with dolphins, round which stand four putti. One of the gadroons below the fountain is pierced to take a spigot.


History note: An owner in the West Country; a hotel in Wales; George Stoner, London, from whom purchased on 17 January 1901 for £85.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century, Late
18th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1700


This cistern illustrates the way that Delft potters combined European baroque forms and decoration with Chinese ornamental motifs. They also made vases with Chinese forms and European baroque decoration.

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Accession number: C.2485 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73581
Earlier object number: 2888
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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